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London Walkie Talkie Owners Probe Tower’s Car-Melting Ray

The owners of the 37-story tower known as the Walkie Talkie in the City of London financial district are investigating a light beam cast by the building that’s so intense it melted parked cars.

Land Securities Group Plc and Canary Wharf Group Plc are examining the phenomenon and, along with the City of London, have blocked three parking spaces around the building at 20 Fenchurch Street that may be affected, the companies said in a statement after the market closed yesterday. The glare from the skyscraper, whose nickname derives from the tapering design that’s responsible for the beam, has melted parts of vehicles, City AM newspaper reported yesterday.